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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

Washington Parish, Louisiana

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Washington Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 47,168. Its parish seat is Franklinton. The parish was founded in 1819.

Washington Parish comprises the Bogalusa, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Washington Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of US President George Washington.


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Washington County History

Washington Parish was created on 1819, from St. Tammy Parish and the parish was named in honor of US President George Washington. The Parish seat is Franklinton.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 676 square miles (1,750 km2), of which 670 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) (0.9%) is water

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Walthall County, Miss.
  • Northeast: Marion County, Miss.
  • East: Pearl River County, Miss.
  • South: St. Tammany Parish
  • Southwest: Tangipahoa Parish
  • Northwest: Pike County, Miss.


Students outside of the city of Bogalusa attend Washington Parish School System.

Students within the city of Bogalusa attend Bogalusa City Schools.

Northshore Technical Community College is located in Bogalusa.

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